IVF, Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

In vitro fertilization and Acupuncture

Fertility Acupuncture

Whether you are a current patient of Toronto Total Wellness Centre or not, we would be happy to assist you with an acupuncture treatment on the day of your IVF transfer. Recent studies suggest that having acupuncture treatments, administered by a qualified and experienced practitioner of Chinese Medicine, as an adjunct therapy to your IVF or other assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments can improve the success rates by 65%.1

Patients attend Total Wellness Centre for a variety of reasons, for varying lengths of time, and with varying frequency. Treatments over several months allow the practitioner to observe several menstrual cycles, and to fully address any underlying causes of infertility. However, recent studies have clearly shown that most patients will benefit from even just one or two treatments of acupuncture around the period of time of their IVF treatment. Review recent studies reviewing the effects combining acupuncture with IVF.

Acupuncture can both increase the efficacy of IVF leading to a better success rate, and reduce the pain associated with IVF. Reducing the pain leads to lower stress associated with the IVF procedure and in turn to a higher success rate. While we firmly believe natural healing techniques like acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine work best over the long run, any studies that show how acupuncture can help our patients must be considered. The prevailing theory is that even a single acupuncture treatment will provide some limited health benefits, although the effects of multiple acupuncture treatments are cumulative over time.

Benefits of Acupuncture for the IVF or IUI Patient Include:

  • Relaxing the patient, decreasing stress, and taking individual time with patients
  • Regulating hormonal imbalances resulting in a larger number of follicles
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Lessening the side effects of drugs used in IVF or other western reproductive procedures and techniques
  • Improving the function of the ovaries to help produce better quality eggs
  • Increasing blood flow to the uterus and increasing the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Preventing the uterus from contracting
  • Improving semen and sperm to create a better quality and quantity of embryos
  • Decreasing the chances of miscarriage
  • Generally helping to minimize the side-effects associated with ART

Although some patients attend our clinic beginning just prior to transfer, we recommend for those patients undergoing IVF to commence treatment ideally at least three months in advance of the transfer. The more time you have to treat the underlying cause of infertility, the more prepared you will be physically, mentally and emotionally to deal with IVF or IUI. In addition, having acupuncture as soon as possible after the transfer has been shown to help the odds.

Have you considered hypnotherapy to lower stress associated with fertility treatments, to reduce pain associated with IVF treatments, and to improve your fertility success rate? Recent studies indicate hypnosis can be a valuable tool for those people seeking to improve their chances of conceiving.

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Total Wellness practitioners regularly treat patients from almost all fertility clinics in Ontario both within our own clinic facilities and often onsite, including patients from:

LifeQuest Centre for Reproductive Medicine
Procrea Fertility Centre
Hannam Fertility Centre
Create (Canadian Reproductive Assisted Technology) Fertility Centre
Astra Fertility Centre
First Steps Fertility
ISIS Regional Fertility Centre
IVF Canada / Life Program
Markham Fertility Centre
Mount Sinai Centre for Fertility and Reproductive Health
NewLife Fertility Centre
ReproMed, The Toronto Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Rouge Valley Fertility Centre
Toronto Centre for Advanced Reproductive Technology (TCART)

1.Manheimer E, Zhang G, Udoff L, Haramati A, Langenberg P, Berman BM, Bouter LM., Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis., BMJ. 2008 Mar 8;336(7643):545-9. Epub 2008 Feb 7.

Fertility treatments at Your Fertility Clinic of Choice

Total Wellness has three clinic locations across the GTA. In addition, we would be pleased to attend your fertility clinic of choice or your home in most circumstances. Please ensure you make the necessary arrangements with our clinic ahead of time.

Our aim at Total Wellness Centre
Our aim is to help you conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy. There are many causes of infertility. We have extensive experience treating patients with a large variety of fertility and reproductive disorders. Our patients include people with:
  • high FSH
  • age related infertility
  • history of Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections leading to infertility
  • damaged ovaries
  • hormone imbalances
  • unexplained infertility
  • high stress levels
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